Migration and the Digital City – Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at LSE Symposium

This one day event will explore the relationship between migration and the city in the context of their intense mediation. Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, will present the paper:  'Creating spaces of refuge:  perspectives on refugee hosting in Lebanon.' This presentation will draw on Refugee Hosts research vis-a-vis refugee hosting in and around the urban Baddawi refugee-camp … Continue reading Migration and the Digital City – Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at LSE Symposium

The patterned legacies of displacement in Uganda: Reflections from the African Mobilities Exhibition

How can a focus on material culture help us better understand the ways that displaced people navigate the challenges of urban life? In this piece, William Montieth explores the (in)visibilities of refugees through the joint lenses of urban economies, and material culture. Through the wax fabric (kitenge) industry in Kampala (Uganda), Congolese refugees are rendered not … Continue reading The patterned legacies of displacement in Uganda: Reflections from the African Mobilities Exhibition

Al-Mustaqbal in the Space of Refuge

Displacement forces refugees to confront restrictions to their mobility, whereby the policies of states and other actors tend to physically limit their access to space. However, as Jude Wafai argues in this piece, this immobility is often combined with challenges that restrict refugee futures too. By exploring how space interacts with temporality in this way, … Continue reading Al-Mustaqbal in the Space of Refuge

Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

How do shared experiences of widowhood inform a sense of self and community among Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in Jordan? In this piece, Dina Zbeidy explores every-day lives in displacement, refugee-refugee relations, self-representation and spaces of refuge in Wihdat, a Palestinian camp east of Amman. In particular, she highlights the important social role that community spaces … Continue reading Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

‘Refugees. Present/Absent.’ Escaping the traps of refugee (mis)representations

In this piece, Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek explores the problematics of photographic representations of singular suffering refugees and their impact on political discourse in Poland. In a challenge to this, Dominika reflects on her own approach to representations, reflected in her "Refugees. Present/Absent" exhibition, which sought to focus on the materiality of everyday experiences and the refugee journey as a … Continue reading ‘Refugees. Present/Absent.’ Escaping the traps of refugee (mis)representations

Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part One

Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part One by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence    The camp is a passing human, a book, a manuscript, an archive... Bury it; smother it with its own dust, so it might return as a holy text devoid of intentions.  Writing the camp-archive I … Continue reading Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part One